Site Projects seeks to ignite, enhance, and transform the culture of New Haven through the power of public art. We commission site specific artwork of outstanding caliber in New Haven’s public spaces—all free, open, and physically accessible. These artworks engage a broad, diverse audience; inspire critical dialogue and creative responses; and present learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Established in 2004, Site Projects has commissioned more than twenty artists and created fifteen artworks and events to date including our first lecture series and round table discussion.
Leo Villareal’s LED light sculpture ("Chasing Rainbows/New Haven," 2004) illuminated first the New Haven Green and then the Yale Repertory Plaza for four months, winning Site Projects an Arts Council Annual Award. Jason Hackenwerth’s giant balloon sculptures ("Revenge of the Megadon," 2006) sparked life into the dinosaurs collection of Yale’s Peabody Museum. He followed that exhibit with a performance piece ("Megamite") on the New Haven Green. Matej Vogrincic laid-out gigantic steel Erector Set “boats” ("untitled: it used to be my playground," 2007) in the dry bed of the abandoned, historic Farmington Canal. By popular demand, Felice Varini’s, "Square with four circles" (2010), remains on view in Temple Plaza downtown New Haven. This anamorphic mural is the only place in North America where the iconic work of this important European artist can be seen. In 2011, Site Projects presented Sites.Camera.Action! Film Shorts Festival, a screening of two-minute videos inspired to the Varini artwork. Anticipating 12–14 submissions, Site Projects was surprised to receive 26 video shorts from professionals and amateurs, high school students, and families. A panel of filmmakers and actors selected the winners.
In 2012, in anticipation of the 375th birthday celebration of the City of New Haven in 2013, Site Projects commissioned Yvette Mattern to exhibit a laser light sculpture from the top of East Rock Park. "Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven" shot over the entire city and I-95. On view for four nights, the light sculpture drew huge crowds into the East Rock and Orange Street areas. Trajectory maps of the light sculpture were put in every school in the public school system. Including the cars traveling on both highways, the estimates of those who witnessed the spectacular sight range from a quarter of a million to 500,000.
Site Projects has accomplished excellent work with our commissions and programs based solely on the dedication of our volunteer board and committed supporters. However, our aspirations and ambitions have grown with our successes and, as all our board members are working professionals, the part-time staff must be expanded.
1. The board has resolved to raise funds to a level that will allow us to regularize the part-time helpers that work in administration, information technology and marketing: $15–$20,000
2. Site Projects has developed a new organizational model that depends on hiring a project manager for every project. These positions must be funded: $20,000
3. Our educational programs have achieved a broad outreach into local public and private schools. Site Projects needs an educational consultant who is familiar with all the requirements for lesson plans promulgated by the CT State Board of Education in order to create more usable plans: $10,000
4. Site Projects intends to expand our public art commissions and programming with a paid part-time Executive Director: $25,000
Laura Weir Clarke co-founded Site Projects Inc in 2004 and has generously donated her time to the organization for nearly a decade. Ms. Clarke is an avid art enthusiast, traveling the world to research potential artworks for New Haven. Her knowledge of cutting-edge artists and her eye for exciting new works is critical to the success of Site Projects' commissions.
Prior to 2004, Ms. Clarke was the Executive Director of the CT Trust for Historic Preservation for 7 years and the President of the Board of Creative Arts Workshop for 3 years. She holds a graduate degrees in Architecture from UCLA and American Studies from University of Texas at Austin.
The City of New Haven: Office of the Mayor, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Trees, City Planning Dept, Dept of Traffic + Parking, Office of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Town Green Special Services District, New Haven Parking Authority, The Proprietors of the New Haven Green, Economic Development Office, MarketNewHaven, InfoNewHaven; Police Department; CONNDOT;
Board of Education for the New Haven Public Schools;
Arts Council of Greater New Haven; Community Foundation of Greater New Haven; International Festival of Arts and Ideas;
Yale University: Dwight Hall Urban Fellows Program, Community Based Learning Program, Yale Repertory Theater, Peabody Museum of Natural History; Whitney Humanities Center
New Haven Free Public Library, Donors + Patrons;
Creative Arts Workshop; Eli Whitney Museum; New Haven Museum; Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; East Coast Greenways; LEAP;
St. Martin de Porres School; Cooperative High School for the Arts; Foote School; Preschool @ Neighborhood Music School; Choate Rosemary Hall
Boy Scouts of America; Group with No Name; Pecha Kucha/New Haven;
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Greater New Haven is home to a thriving arts community that includes theatre, music, dance and the visual arts. It is invested in its museums, historic preservation and the celebration of its members’ ethnic and cultural diversity.
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